Attalea humilis

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Figure 1. A. humilis


Common Names:

American Oil palm

Distribution & Habitat:

Open forest in coastal Brazil.


A solitary palm, with a trunk up to 1 metre (3 feet) tall, (altho only on very old specimens), and pinnate leaves to 4 metres (12 feet) long, with long narow leaflets up to 0.9 metres (3 feet) long.


Likes a sunny, moist position. Medium growth speed, altho the seeds are difficult to germinate. The most cold tolerant of the Attaleas.

Contributed by:

Kyle Wicomb (Figure 1)

External Links:

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